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A Complete Guide to get your Drivers License in Germany
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A Complete Guide to get your Drivers License in Germany
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Hello fellow Edulixians,

A couple of weeks back, I finally got my drivers license or Fuehrerschein as they call it in German, after a year of starting the process.

I already had an Indian license which is actually valid till the first six months after arriving here. A license from another country can basically be umgeschrieben which can reduce the costs to a big extent. If you get it done in this way, then you would not be verpflichtet to attend the theory lesson and attend the compulsory Fahrstunden like Autobahnfahrt or Nachtfahrt. The total costs of the entire process can range from anywhere around 800 Euros to 1500 Euros depending on the amount of Fahrstunden you require or the number of attempts you require to clear the practical or theoretical test.

Here are the steps to get it done:

1. Get a translation (Führerschein-Übersetzung) of your driving license. There are numerous places where you can get this done. I did mine from the local ADAC office in Aachen. You will have to submit your license and then pick it up after a week. It costs around 50 Euros.

2. Get an eye test (Sehtest) done. You can do this at any major optical shop. Usually no appointment is required. People with spectacles can take the test wearing it. Cost approx EUR 6.

3. Attend a first aid (Erste-Hilfe Kurs) course. You can do it at a lot of places. Your university might be also offering one at a discounted price. There are some shady companies which will offer this course at cheap prices. But I wouldn't suggest you to attend there. The best place to do it is the local Red Cross (Rotes Kreuz) office. Their website will have details, normally, you need to register in advance. Cost approx EUR 30.

4. Go to a driving school. This is mandatory since you have to take the test in a driving school car (equipped with dual controls). They will give you an application form with the school stamp on it.

5. Go to the Driving license office (Führerscheinstelle) usually at the Strassenverkehrsamt (Transport Office), give them the filled up application form form, photos, Driving license translation, First aid course certificate, eye test certificate. They will give you details on how to pay the fee. Approx cost 45 EUR.

6. After this, the driving school will get a confirmation from the Strassenverkehrsamt that you can give the theory test. The tests are conducted by the certification agency TÃœV (Technischer Ãœberwachungsverein) which roughly translates to Technical Inspection Association. You can fix an appointment for the theory test from your driving school. Approx cost 45 Euros.

7. The theory test has lots of complicated, tricky and confusing questions. Hence preparing for it well is strongly advised. You could purchase a CD with course material and simulated tests. There is a question bank of around 1200 questions, hence some 10-20 hours of preparation would be good.

8. Fix a practical test. The school will do this once they are convinced about your driving abilities. You might need to attend around 15-20 Fahrstunden to get some confidence in your driving abilities. Remember that making even a single mistake can fail you in the practical test. Taking a test will cause a 200 Euro hole in your pocket. So be sure that you are completely prepared before taking it. A much cheaper way to prepare once you are confident with the basic rules here is to ask a friend or a colleague who has a car to help you. You can even rent a car yourself. But make sure your Indian license is still valid!

9. Take the test. Usually, it contains city, countryside driving, parking (reverse), and emergency braking. After the test, the evaluator will give you your license with a stamp behind where he will write the day from which your license is valid from.

10. That's it! You have your license which is valid in the entire European Union. Very Happy

(This post was last modified: 07-26-2015 08:34 PM by nimbus_2000.)
07-26-2015 08:11 PM
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